Monday, August 13, 2012

Best Olympics quotes

Some of the fun and memorable quotes from the London

"These were happy and glorious Games

- International Olympic Committee President
Jacques Rogge hails London 2012 as he
closes the Games with a reference to
Britain's national anthem and Queen
Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee year.

"It's what I came here to do, I'm now a
- Jamaica's Usain Bolt permits the world to
proclaim him a sporting legend after
becoming the first man to retain the 100-
and 200 metres titles.

"There was no pressure. You should play in my country, the
you will see pressure. They throw bricks at you."
- Croatia's Ivano Balic reacts after his side's handball semi-final
defeat by France.

"I wanted a gold medal for each of my two girls on the way.
They could come any day now!"
- Mo Farah won the hearts of an enthralled home crowd that
included his pregnant wife and daughter by becoming the first
Briton to win the 10,000 metres title and then repeated the feat in
the 5,000.

"It's hard to put it into words in English, it's even harder in
- Pia Sundhage, the Sweden-born coach of the US women's football
team, talks about winning the gold medal in front of more than
80,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium.

"I'm ready to wrestle anyone who steps across that line. If the
Queen of England came out on the mat I probably would double-
leg her."
- An exuberant Jason Burroughs invites all challengers after the
American wrestled his way to Olympic gold.

"My mother used to tell us in the mornings, 'Carl put on your
shoes, Oscar you put on your prosthetic legs... So I grew up not
really thinking I had a disability. I grew up thinking I had
different shoes."
- South African runner Oscar Pistorius, nicknamed 'Blade Runner'
because he races on carbon fibre prosthetic blades, talks about
growing up playing sports with brother Carl.

"I saw the board with number 31 on it and thought my brother
had got a penalty. I thought 'What an idiot Alistair, you've got a
penalty'. Then I looked at my arm and realised I was number
- Britain's Jonathan Brownlee took bronze in triathlon after
receiving a 15-second penalty for getting on his bike too early. His
brother Alistair took gold.

"I hope that this medal inspires the kids at home to put down
guns and knives and pick up a pair of trainers instead."
- Erick Barrondo, winner of Guatemala's first-ever Olympic medal
with silver in the men's 20km race walk.

"Good evening, Mr Bond."
- Queen Elizabeth at 86 makes her film debut with James Bond star
Daniel Craig in a clip for London's quirky opening ceremony where
she appears to jump from a helicopter.

"The female body is a masterpiece. Everyone likes to look at the
female body, especially in dynamic, athletic sport."
- Australia's Natalie Cook, gold medallist at Sydney in 2000,
defends bikinis in beach volleyball.

"There are many people who want to start rowing because I
have come to the Olympic Games. We will start when I get back.
We just have to wait for the boats to arrive."
- Niger rower Hamadou Djibo Issaka trained for just three months
for the men's single sculls, but never in his landlocked and mostly
desert native country.

"My results come from hard work and training and I would never
use any banned drugs. The Chinese people have clean hands."
- Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen brushes aside doping suspicions
raised after the 16-year-old set a world record in the women's 400
metres individual medley.

"I said 'The medal is there, we have to take it'. I had a super
feeling. I felt something big, but now I feel something even
bigger - a big pain."
- Injured Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara rues a crash in the men's
road race.

"We were getting rather frustrated with Transport for London at
one point and discussed internally trying to get on a bus with a
- London funeral director John Cribb expresses frustration at
special road lanes set aside for Olympic vehicles.

"When baby kicks, I will breathe in and breathe out and try to
calm myself down and talk to baby: 'Behave yourself and help
mummy to shoot!'"
- Eight months pregnant, Malaysia's Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi
later said she felt "three or four kicks" during 10m air rifle

"We went into the gym and none of us had never seen anything
like it in our lives. There were Russian athletes stretching, doing
things with their legs you thought were physically impossible."
- Stuart Pearce, coach of the British men's football team, on life in
the Olympic Village.

"I've been trying and working for an Olympic medal for four
years and now I lost it in one second. It's just impossible to
- South Korean fencer Shin A-lam held a sit-down protest after
losing her epee semi-final bout where a one-second clock reset
allowed her opponent to score a winning hit.

"Having been soundly beaten by Ariel since she was nine, I can
certainly attest to her talent."
- Billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is humbled by Ariel
Hsing, the now 16-year-old U.S. women's table tennis player who
calls him "Uncle Bill".

"Some of you will be baffled, I can guarantee it ... I hope you
enjoy that kind of Liquorice Allsorts of things. Many of you
won't understand that reference, either."
- Director Danny Boyle prepares international journalists for the
opening ceremony.

"The excitement is growing so much I think the Geiger counter
of Olympo-mania is going to go 'zoink' off the scale."
- London Mayor Boris Johnson is typically effusive in summing up
the mood at an Olympics concert in London's Hyde Park.

"'Inspire a generation' is our motto. Not necessarily 'Create
generation', which is what they sometimes get up to in the
Olympic village."
- Boris again.

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